[Holy Trinity Church, Inwood] – 33 participants gathered in the auditorium on March 13 and March 20 for a series of workshops to listen to members of the congregation, families from the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre, and others from the Inwood community as they discussed the future of Holy Trinity Church Inwood.
The workshops were led by the Rev. Joanne Izzo, using a method called the Appreciative Way of Inquiry.
The group activities enabled participants to identify commonly appreciated facets of life at Holy Trinity Church, as well as key strengths and challenges affecting the future of the parish.
Strengths include a commitment to worship and Christian community life and a community outreach centered around the arts. Challenges include significant capital needs and our reliance on the Diocese of New York for financial support.
Through this process of discussion and discovery, the group articulated the following for further consideration:
- Holy Trinity’s mission is to be a sanctuary of sacred spaces for the community of Inwood.
- Holy Trinity’s core value is to be an open and inclusive spiritual community centered in Jesus Christ which understands that worship can take many forms, from traditional Episcopal worship to supporting the arts and advancing social justice.
- Holy Trinity’s present reality is that we are a small, but dedicated parish with limited financial resources and a physical plant requiring extensive repairs. The Congregational Support Plan, in its present form and upon which the parish has relied financially since 1996, will terminate at the end of 2016. This affects all churches in the plan and not just Holy Trinity.
- However, we can envision a future that includes our site being home to a sanctuary for worship, a thriving community center and theater, and a beautiful garden and green space. Ideally, we would build on our commitment to the arts by increasing the use of the space by local artists, and possibly offering additional programs benefitting families and children in upper Manhattan.
Holy Trinity’s vestry is tasked with working with the interim vicar and the Diocese of New York to develop a plan that can help fine-tune and realize this vision. The vestry will meet to discuss and agree on next steps at its next meeting on April 17. Vestry meetings are held immediately following the 10:30am worship and are open for anyone to attend.
April 11, 2016